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Shelton woman shot in her home

A Shelton woman, 30-year-old Babara Giles, was shot in her home Nov. 21 by two men. The suspects are still at large.

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arrestSHELTON — Three people, including a 16-year-old girl, have been arrested Friday in connection with the killing of Barbara Michelle Giles, a mother of four who was shot to death Nov. 21, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Child custody issues may have played a role in the slaying, the office said.

Arrested late Thursday on murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges were Anthony Raymond Miller, 37, Shelton; James R. Hartfield, 18, Des Moines, and a 16-year-old female from Olympia, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Detectives said that child custody issues between Giles and Miller created an atmosphere of animosity between the two.  As early as Nov. 15, the sheriff’s office said, Miller and the 16-year-old girl began plotting the murder through coded text messages.

Detectives allege that Hartfield and the girl went to the Giles residence on the morning of Nov. 21, knocked on the door and when Giles opened the door, Hartfield forced his way into the home and shot Giles multiple times.

Detectives also allege that Miller provided money to Hartfield for the murder weapon prior to the slaying.  Mason County detectives arrested the juvenile and Miller late Thursday afternoon.  Des Moines Police Department arrested Hartfield in Des Moines. Olympia Police assisted deputies in arresting the girl in Olympia.

All three suspects were being held without bail.

OLYMPIA– A Shelton woman shot in her home after she was woken by two men knocking on her door Wednesday morning has died in the hospital, authorities said.

Barbara Giles, 30, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia on Saturday.

According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Giles was at her home in Shelton about 3:38 a.m. Wednesday morning when two men knocked on her door. When she opened the door, she was shot. Two other individuals were in the home at the time of the shooting and barricaded themselves in a room in the house.

Officers searched the area for the two suspects, but couldn’t locate them. Police called off the search shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Mason County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a shooting near Shelton about 3:38 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, they found a woman who had been shot; she was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia and is in critical condition.

Two male suspects are believed to have fled the scene on foot. Police said they used assault rifles in the shooting. Deputies said they do not believe the shooting was random.

Investigators said the woman was woken by two men knocking on her door and when she opened the door, they shot her. The woman is said to be in her 30s.

“This is a targeted incident and the public would be much more concerned if this was a random incident where somebody is just running through a neighborhood, knocking on doors and shooting people, but this is not the case. It’s one or two individuals that were targeted at one residence, so I think the public remains reasonably safe,” Mason County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said.

Two other individuals were in the home at the time of the shooting and barricaded themselves in a room in the house.

Officers searched the area for the two suspects, but did not locate them. Police called off the search shortly after 6 a.m.

Police said the men are armed and dangerous and anyone with information about the incident should contact the Mason County’s Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-7761.

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